Welcoming Congregation Assessment of Commitments

Rate how well each of the following commitments describes your congregation. If you strongly disagree, the statement does describe your congregation at all. If you strongly agree, the statement describes your congregation perfectly. Record your reasons for your rating in the space below each item. In some questions, you are asked to independently rate your work supporting lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer people and your work supporting transgender/gender non-conforming people. 

* 1. Our congregation is inclusive and expressive of the concerns of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and /or queer at every level of congregational life--in worship, in program, and in social occasions--welcoming not only their presences but the unique gifts and particularities of their lives as well.

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer
Transgender/gender non-conforming peope 

* 2. Reasons for previous answer:

* 3. Our congregation does not assume anyone's affectional/sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Vocabulary of worship reflects this perception; worship celebrates diversity by inclusivity of language and content.

* 4. Reasons for previous answer:

* 5. A lifespan understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons is full incorporated by our congregation through all programs, including religious education. 

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer
Transgender/gender non-conforming peope

* 6. Reasons for previous answer:

* 7. The bylaws and other official documents of our congregation include an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.

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* 9. Our congregation engages in outreach into lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, both through its advertising and by actively supporting other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer affirmative groups. 

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer
Transgender/gender non-conforming peope

* 10. Reasons for previous answer:

* 11. Our congregation offers congregational and ministerial support for services of union and memorial services for persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer, and celebrations of evolving definitions of family.

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer
Transgender/gender non-conforming peope

* 12. Reasons for previous answer:

* 13. Our congregation celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-gender couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirms displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.

* 14. Our congregation seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between people of different affectional/sexual orientation and gender identities, and to create deeper trust and sharing.

* 15. Reasons for previous two answers:

* 16. Our congregation encourages the presence of a chapter of Interweave (Unitarian Universalists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns)

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* 18. Our congregation affirms and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history during the church year.

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* 20. Our congregation, as an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. It speaks out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake. 

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer
Transgender/gender non-conforming peope

* 21. Reasons for previous answer:

* 22. Our congregation celebrates the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.

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* 24. We do not presume gender identity or expression, and encourage members to articulate their preferred personal pronouns.

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